South Korea Struggles with Third COVID-19 Wave

South Korea is now struggling with the third wave of Covid-19 cases and is now considering stricter regulations in efforts to stem the spread of the virus.

South Korea is now struggling with the third wave of Covid-19 cases and is now considering stricter regulations in efforts to stem the spread of the virus.

The Korean Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) has reported 880 new cases on Tuesday, bringing the total to 44,364.

According to the latest KDCA data, gathering among families and friends were still at the top of the list for sources of transmission across all age groups, except for those aged 60 years old and above which had highest transmissions in hospitals and care facilities.

Experts are now asking the government to increase the current level of social distancing measures. KDCA deputy director Kwon Jun-wook said, “The only way to turn this crisis around is to eliminate all nonessential contact between people.”

However, the government has not pushed through with the level 3 measures yet. Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun has urged citizens to strictly follow social distancing guidelines to avoid the imposition of stricter ones.

“Considering the weight and impact of Level 3 distancing, we first need to level-headedly look back at whether all of us are properly implementing the current level,” the Prime Minister said.

Social Distancing Level 3 is the highest tier in the country’s response when it experiences 800 to 1,000 cases or more per day or a rapid surge in the number of cases.

Seoul is currently under level 2.5 measures which bans gatherings of more than 50 people and closes public operations at 9 pm.


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